Putting Down the Pen: An Argument for Audio Commenting

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We all know it: commenting on student writing is the most important—and most difficult and time-consuming—work that we writing instructors do. With increasing class sizes and course loads, managing the writing of comments in ways that work both for student and instructor borders on impossible. So what if we just stopped writing on our students’ papers? What happens when we replace written feedback with spoken comments? In this webinar, I’ll explain how adopting audio commenting has transformed my work. I’ll share a variety of audio feedback strategies and make the case for putting down the pen for good

We all know it: commenting on student writing is the most important—and most difficult and time-consuming—work that we writing instructors do. With increasing class sizes and course loads, managing the writing of comments in ways that work both for student and instructor borders on impossible. So what if we just stopped writing on our students’ papers? What happens when we replace written feedback with spoken comments? In this webinar, I’ll explain how adopting audio commenting has transformed my work. I’ll share a variety of audio feedback strategies and make the case for putting down the pen for good.

Speakers

Sarah DeBacher, Chair of the Freshman Writing Program, University of New Orleans

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